Region to meet over fall armyworm

ZIMBABWE will join its regional counterparts for a meeting planned for next week to map strategies aimed at containing the spread of the fall armyworm pest, which threatens prospects of a good maize harvest for the country and region this season.A fall armyworm outbreak, the first emergence of the pest in Southern Africa, is causing considerable crop damage in some countries.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, maize, a staple food in Zimbabwe and the sub-region has been the most affected, as well as other cereals including sorghum, millet and wheat.

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